Nick Lodolo is ready to take the next step in his rehab and is moving up to join the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts for his second start. Four days ago he pitched two innings of shutout baseball while allowing a hit, walking no one, and striking out four of the seven hitters he faced out in Phoenix while pitching for the Arizona Complex League Reds. He threw 22 pitches during his outing.
The left-handed starter last pitched for the Reds on May 6th against the Chicago White Sox. That day he allowed three runs on six hits – including two home runs for the fourth consecutive game – and threw just 3.2 innings. After the game he was diagnosed with calf tendinosis in his left leg and placed on the 15-day injured list. About a month after that an MRI revealed that he also had a stress reaction in his leg.
Cincinnati is expecting Lodolo to throw three innings or 50 pitches in Birmingham where he will join Chattanooga this evening. The game is at 8:05pm ET and is available to watch on MiLB.tv – which is now included as a part of MLB.tv if you wanted to follow along. It will be the first start for the Lookouts for Lodolo since July 29th of 2021 when he wrapped up his time in Double-A and was promoted to Triple-A to end that season.
While it doesn’t seem like the lefty will take the full 30 days he’s allowed to have on a rehab assignment, he does have through September 9th before the club would have to make a decision on what to do. He’s eligible to return before that date if and when he’s deemed ready to go. Lodolo is on the 60-day injured list and currently does not count towards the 40-man roster. Once he’s activated, though, he will count and the club will need to make a corresponding move for both the 26 and 40-man rosters.